Franchise Resources

Many franchise resources are available online. Some from franchise associations, the Federal Trade Commission and states that regulate franchising, and others from business publications and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising to name a few.

Below is a comprehensive list of online resources:

Associations
General Information
Legal Resources
     Federal - National
     State Resoures
State Franchise Administrators, Agencies & Laws
State Business Opportunity Administrators & Laws
Franchise Articles by Jim Meaney




Associations:

 

General Information:

 

Legal Resources:
Federal - National:
State:
State Franchise Administrators, Agencies and Laws:

California

(filing required)

Hawaii

(filing required)

Illinois

(filing required)

Indiana

(filing required)

Maryland

(filing required)

Michigan

(notice filing required)

Minnesota

(filing required - e-filing accepted)

New York

(filing required)

North Dakota

(filing required)

Oregon

(no filing)

Rhode Island

(filing required)

South Dakota

(filing required)

Virginia

(filing required)

Washington

(filing required)

Wisconsin

(filing required – e-filing accepted)

 

A number of states regulate “Business Opportunities”:

Alaska

(filing required)

California

(filing required)
  • Seller Assisted Marketing Plan Act
  • Attorney General's Office
    110 West A Street, Suite 1100
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Toll-free in California only (800) 952-5225
    Out-of-state callers (619) 645-2050

Connecticut

(filing required)

Florida

(filing required)

Georgia

(no filing required)

Illinois

(filing required)
  • General Information
  • Illinois Securities Department
    Jefferson Terrace
    300 West Jefferson St., Suite 300A
    Springfield, IL 62702
    (217)782-2256
    Fax  (217) 782-8876

Indiana

(filing required)

Iowa

  • Securities Bureau
    Second Floor
    Lucas State Office Building
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    (515) 281-4441

Kentucky

(filing required)

Louisiana

(bond filing required)

Maine

(filing required)

Maryland

(filing required)

Michigan

(notice required)

Minnesota

(filing required)
  • Department of Commerce
    Registration Division
    133 East 7th Street
    St. Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 296-6328

Nebraska

(filing required)

New Hampshire

(filing required)
  • Attorney General's Office
    Consumer Protection Division
    State House Annex
    Concord, NH 03301
    (603) 271-3641

North Carolina

(filing required)

Ohio

(no filing required)

Oklahoma

(filing required unless exempt)

South Carolina

(filing required)

South Dakota

(filing required)

Texas

(filing required)

Utah

(filing required)

Virginia

(no filing required)

Washington

(filing required)

Articles

Jim Meaney has authored and co-authored a number of franchise papers that have been published by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising and presented at its Annual Forum. He is indebted to the co-authors who assisted with the development of these papers and to the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising for the opportunity to present these papers:

 

 


James A. Meaney
614.975.9876 I accept Texts
jmeaney@zainolawgroup.com